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[News] GNU/Linux Trickles Through the Family

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Explaining Linux to my Mom

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| My mom is smart, but no computer expert. She’s a teacher, and of course uses 
| Windows. We’re on an international cell phone call.  I’ve mentioned Ubuntu to 
| her before - specifically Edubuntu as she is interested in kids and 
| computing. We’re talking about getting Skype set up and she asks me why I 
| don’t use Windows.    
| [...]
| So what I did — I had been uncomfortable with Microsoft for a while because 
| of this thinking — when I got my new computer, I just thought I’d give Linux 
| a shot. Try it out. I had heard how you could do everything you need to do on 
| Linux. And I’m able to. And it works for me.   


The Progression of My Linux Usage

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| My point is this.  Most of us rely on our computers on a daily basis.  Some 
| people need Windows, some don’t.  I personally am a Linux user.  I love 
| Linux.  I love the community, I love the software, I just love it all.  



The Great Linux/Grandmother Experiment!

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| Overall, I’d have to say the usability features in gOS in specific (and Linux
| in general) are the biggest boon for her.  You have no idea how sad it is
| seeing someone struggle to read the screen with a magnifying glass.  The
| giant pictures and text for the few simple functions she uses are options
| that are specifically available in Linux and not to the same degree in other
| OSes.  She couldn’t read the screen in XP before!  I haven’t tried out the
| usability features in OSX, but she doesn’t have the money for a Mac anyway.
| Linux was really the only viable option in this scenario because of it’s cost
| ($0) and it’s ease of use.  And judging from the way she was picking it up, I
| think she’ll be alright with it!
| So, for what it’s worth, I’d just like to say “Thank you” to all the Linux
| developers who donate their time to those projects.  You’ve literally helped
| my Grandmother see again.


KDE for Grannies

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| Now I’m looking forward to the first email from my Granny. Yes, I’m
| incredibly proud of her.
| And I’m happy about all the effort that was taken to make KDE applications
| easy to use and easy to understand. Even for Grannies.

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